Christelle  Wood

Christelle Wood

Senior Associate

Christelle Wood is a Senior Associate in our Corporate and Commercial practice. She holds BA Law, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Johannesburg (all of which were obtained with distinction).

Christelle has experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance and general corporate commercial law. She has been extensively involved in legal due diligence investigations for both local and international clients in the mining, telecommunications, construction, engineering, retail, food and beverage sectors.


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Christelle joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Candidate Attorney in 2014 and was appointed as an Associate in 2016. Before joining the Corporate and Commercial practice, Christelle gained experience in our Competition, Employment and Real Estate practice areas. Christelle was appointed Senior Associate in 2019.

Advised and/or formed part of the legal team that advised −

  • Metier Capital Growth Fund II in respect of the acquisition of Edcon's 'Legit' business comprising of approximately 216 physical retail stores across six countries including South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia through its subsidiary, Retailability.
  • Steinhoff Africa Retail on the raising of R18 billion in funding for purposes of inter alia the repayment of existing shareholder loan claims of Steinhoff International.
  • Libstar Holdings in respect of its listing on the JSE.
  • Liquid Telecommunications on Lisinfo's (Royal Bafokeng) disposal of shares and claims in Liquid SA and Lisinfo's acquisition of shares in Liquid Telecommunications.
  • Liquid Telecommunications on its acquisition of Neotel.
  • Libstar Operations on the acquisition of Khoisan Tea, a packer and supplier of natural and organic speciality teas and a variety of spices.
  • Libstar on its acquisition of Millennium Foods, a manufacturer of fresh convenience ready to heat/eat meals for the retail industry in South Africa.
  • Allied Production Industries on its group restructure, including the disposal of the API and BGG Cable Manufacturers businesses to the Intakobusi Holdings Group.


  • BA Law (cum laude), University of Johannesburg
  • LLB (cum laude), University of Johannesburg
  • LLM in Commercial Law (cum laude), University of Johannesburg
  • Certificate of Competence in Advanced Company Law I (with distinction), University of the Witwatersrand
  • Certificate of Competence in Advanced Company Law II (with distinction), University of the Witwatersrand
  • Admitted as an attorney and notary public: 2016
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council